Health & Fitness

Midlands sheriff’s office offers car stickers to let responders know about conditions

The Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office is trying a new tactic to help first responders better communicate with people.

The office is giving out stickers for vehicles that identify if a person inside may have Alzheimers, dementia, autism, or if a person may be diabetic, deaf or have special needs. The stickers are supposed to give first responders and police a heads up for people who may have trouble with verbal communication.

The stickers are available at the front desk of the Kershaw County Sheriff’s offices.

In a social media post by the sheriff’s office about the stickers, some brought up concerns about the sticker that identifies people as deaf. Some said that the sticker would be dangerous as people who might want to take advantage of deaf people could see the sticker.

Many praised the effort.

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David Travis Bland won the South Carolina Press Association’s 2017 Judson Chapman Award for community journalism. As The State’s crime, police and public safety reporter, he strives to inform communities about crimes that affect them and give deeper insight into victims, the accused and law enforcement. He studied history with a focus on the American South at the University of South Carolina.